I’ve been stitching nearly every day but it’s on the same project so I don’t have anything in the way of results to share yet. Instead, let’s focus on the process. Personally, I love a peek inside others’ supply boxes and am very attached to my own little box of tools so I thought I’d open it up for you.
I am working with a group of very talented stitchers to make a reproduction of a friend’s antique album style quilt. I mentioned it in my last post. Well, you know how these group projects can go – life happens and volunteers get distracted – so the organizers might wind up sewing more than they thought they would. For now, I’ve got all four border to stitch and I’m still on the first one!
This is my applique supply box. All my current applique projects are a variation of red and green so thread inventory is pretty simple. The box is the Tupperware sandwich box and everything I need fits perfectly inside.
My applique method of choice is back basting. I know it isn’t for everyone but it works for me. I like to use a high contrast thread color and am fond of the Mettler cotton 30 weight thread. It leaves a big enough hole that it sort of perforates the fabric which makes it turn right along the basted line. Once a piece is basted I clip the curves and every other stitch and pull them out as I turn the fabric under and stitch along the edge.
This project only has five different shapes so I cut squares and rectangles in advance which makes the basting part pretty fast and the project very portable. I take it everywhere with me these days.
Here is a portion of my border that is partially basted and partially stitched. When doing repetitive work I like to have a system. For this project, I baste 8 leaves one night and then stitch them down the next night. Then I add a stem, flower and center to enjoy a color other than green.
Here is my seemingly endless border. Doesn’t red and green play well together?
I’d love to see inside your little tool box and hear how you organize your stitching.